Penn State Rookie Free Agent Updates

See which undrafted Nittany Lions have hooked on with NFL teams.

The 2015 NFL Draft covered seven rounds, 255 picks and three days. And for all but three former Penn State players eligible to be selected, it was a looooooooooong wait.

The three Nittany Lions who were drafted included OT Donovan Smith (second round, Tampa Bay), S Adrian Amos (fifth round, Chicago) and TE Jesse James (fifth round, Pittsburgh). But for everyone else, the draft came and went without their names being called.

But some of them will have a chance to make NFL rosters as rookie free agents. And still others will land tryouts for a chance to land rookie free agent deals.

Below is a rundown of the Penn State products who have signed rookie free agent deals or have lined up tryouts. We will update as more deals are struck.

LB Mike Hull

It was a bit of a surprise when Hull was not drafted. But the Miami Dolphins quickly signed him to a rookie free agent deal. Miami did not select a linebacker in the draft. Hull had minor surgery following the 2014 season, missed the Senior Bowl and was limited at the NFL Combine. That apparently impacted his draft status.

OL Miles Dieffenbach

After sustaining a torn ACL in the spring of 2014 and then leaving PSU's Pinstripe Bowl win over Boston College with an ankle injury, the odds of Dieffenbach being drafted were low. He signed a rookie free agent deal with his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh O-line coach Mike Munchak, a former Lion blocker himself, got a firsthand look at Dieffenbach during Penn State's Pro Day.

DE Deion Barnes

Barnes's decision to leave Penn State with a year of eligibility remaining backfired when he was not drafted. He signed a rookie free agent deal with the New York Jets. It will be interesting to see what position he is slotted at for the Jets. New head coach Todd Bowles has used 3-4 and 4-3 schemes during his tenure as an NFL defensive coordinator.

RB Zach Zwinak

After breaking an ankle in the Ohio State game last season, Zwinak's college career was over. He attended Penn State's Pro Day in March but did not participate in drills. According to the Frederick News-Post, he'll fly to Houston this week for a tryout with the Texans. Houston is coached by former PSU head man Bill O'Brien. The report said Zwinak is paying his own way to get the tryout.

TE Ross Travis

The former Penn State basketball player's management group reports that Travis has been invited to the Texans' upcoming mini camp.

DE C.J. Olaniyan

There are reports that Olaniyan signed a free agent deal with Seattle, but neither the team nor any of the media outlets that cover it have confirmed the news.

Sam Ficken

Multiple media outlets have reported that Ficken received an offer to attend Kansas City's mini camp but that he is free to sign with another team should it offer him a contract before the mini camp starts.

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